• Date of Birth: August 17, 1936
  • Born City: Philadelphia
  • Born State/Country: PA
  • Parents: Hans (\"John)\" & Elisabeth (\"Elsie\") Robinson S.
  • Date of Death: January 20, 2006
  • Death City: Burlington
  • Death State/Country: VT
  • Married: Carol A. Thompson, 3 July 1965
  • Education:

    A.B., Muhlenberg Coll., 1958; Ph.D. U. of Cincinnati, 1964; Bert Hodge Hill Scholar, ASCSA, 1960; Semple Traveling Fell., AAR, 1962 

  • Dissertation:

    "The Homeric Scholia and the 'Aeneid': A Contribution to the Comparative Study of Homer and Vergil" (Cincinnati, 1964).

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Classics, Notre Dame; Western Reserve U.; asst. prof. to prof. classics, U. of Vermont, 1967-2000.

  • Publications:

    “Vergil and the Homeric Scholia. A Comparative Study of Aeneid XII.216-467 and Iliad IV.86-222,” AJP 88 (1967) 33-44; The Homeric Scholia and the Aeneid. A Study of the Influence of Ancient Homeric Literary Criticism on Virgil (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1974) REVS: REL LIII 1975 494-496 Lesueur | JRS LXVI 1976 277 Horsfall | CJ LXXII 1976 279-280 Kopff | Vergilius XXII 1976 51-53 Lockhart | TLS LXXV 1976 142 Macleod | Gnomon XLVIII 1976 716-717 Wilson | CW LXX 1977 480-481 Hornsby | CR XXVII 1977 22-23 Foster | RFIC CV 1977 349-355 Barchiesi | CPh LXXIII 1978 65-66 Fenik | JCS XXVIII 1980 107-109 Ogawa; “The Theme of the Suppliant-Exile in the Iliad,” AJP 97 (1976) 199-209; “The Wrath of Aeneas. Two Myths in Aeneid X,” in Classical Texts and Their Traditions. Studies in Honor of C. R. Trahman, ed. D.F. Bright & E.S. Ramage (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1984) 223-29; Porphyry. The Homeric Questions: A Bilingual Edition (trans.) (Bern; Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 1993). REVS: BMCR 5 1994 451-453 W.J. Slater | CR 1995 45 (2): 439 Richard Janko

  • Notes:

    A Philadelphia native, born to a German father and a Belgian mother, Robin was a graduate of the William Penn Charter School before attending Muhlenberg College. He taught Latin, Greek and Classics at the University of Vermont (UVM) from 1967 until his retirement in 2000. His teaching included courses in comparative literature with the Departments of English and Romance Languages. His classes were always enhanced with slides of Greek and Roman art, architecture, and topography. With a truly rare knowledge of Greek and Latin, his teaching of these languages was a model of clarity. 

    Homer, ancient Homeric criticism and literary theory, Vergil, and Greek and Latin lyric poetry were Robin’s special interests throughout his career and the focus of his publications. The Homeric Scholia and the Aeneid was a pioneering work and continues as the standard guide to the shaping of the Aeneid by Homeric criticism. His translation of Porphyry’s Homeric Questions reflects his continued interest in ancient literary criticism.  His service to the Department of Classics cannot be overstated. He served twice as Acting Chair of the Classics Department and served on the Executive Committee of the Graduate College. He also held two terms on the Senate Academic Affairs Committee. 

  • Sources:

    Z. Philip Ambrose, APA Newsletter (February 2006).

  • Author: Z. Philip Ambrose